Tag Archive for: read all about it

Untitled Post

Clicking Our Heels – Should Sex, Politics, and Scandals be dramatized
or even factually incorporated into our writing?

Cathy Perkins – A craft book I’m studying discusses the importance
of incorporating what you’re passionate about into your stories to bring them
to life and serve as a driving force. If you’re excited by an issue or topic,
that intensity will transfer to the page. Family, for example, is always
central to my stories, although it may not always be a traditional family. Other
issues which are important to me – and to my readers – bring depth and focus. The
challenge is adding tose elements without preaching and instead making them a
natural part of your character’s reality.

Kimberly Jayne – I think anything is game. We write about all aspects
of life anyway, including imaginary aspects. So yes, sex, politics, and
scandals can be part of my writing. There’s a market out there for readers of
everything, so if I’m interested in a controversial topic or if that topic
would enhance or elevate my story, then I’ll use it and put my spin on it. As
long as readers enjoy the concepts within the stories, controversial or not,
then it’s all good.

Sparkle Abbey – Our books are very much escape reading. We have no
problem at all with books that incorporate real life politics or scandals but
you probably will never find that in a Sparkle Abbey book. We get emails from
readers who share that they’ve read our books while going through difficult
times, (sitting at the bedside of a loved one, after a particularly tough day
at work, or simply as a get-away when they couldn’t actually get away) and this
trills us. There is nothing better than hearing that your work brightened
someone’s day!

Bethany Maines – Yes. A book with no sex, politics, or scandals
would be pretty dang boring. I write fiction, so I don’t think those elements
have to be 100% factual, but I do think they need to be present in someway.

Linda Rodriguez – I believe quite firmly in dealing with the issues
of the day in the society about which I’m writing, whether I’m writing poetry,
mystery, literary fiction, or fantasy. Writing that doesn’t deal in some way
with these issues seems to be to be unrooted and simply lying shallowly on the
surface of things, but I’m aware that other viewpoints on that matter are
equally valid.

Debra H. Goldstein – Even if a book is meant to be fun, social
issues can be incorporated in a manner that don’t hit people over the head.
Ignoring the truth of sex, politics and scandals potentially leaves a dimension
out of one’s writing.

Jennae Phillippe – Sure. I personally think that all writing is
political in some way because it is asking us to relate to the ideas and theme
presented. Some writing is more political than others, either by design or
because it captured something the public wanted to politicize. But these things
are a part of real life. However fantastical the tale, it will have elements of
all of them.

Paula Gail Benson – I love how Law
and Order
has taken a current news story and given it a different spin by
considering other ramifications. I think it’s a matter that needs to be
approached carefully and with dignity, both in dramas and parodies or comedy

Kay Kendall – I have seen successful books incorporate all three of
those elements – sex, politics, scandals. If other writers can do it well and
you think you can too, then why not? In my first two published mysteries, I use
the politics of the late 1960s as the milieu against which my amateur sleuth
operates. I used the anti-war movement and second stage feminism for,
respectively, Desolation Row and Rainy Day Women. Those were dramatic
ties and as such they lend themselves to heightened feelings—even murderous